Duke Recruits in ESPN's New Recruiting Rankings
As many of you knew, ESPN came out with their updated 2014, 2015 and 2016 recruiting rankings. The 2014 Duke commits were represented well, as well as many players with Duke offers and interest. You can see the full rankings by clicking the year, but I will show the rankings of Duke recruits below, with links to my interviews with the players who I have been able to interview.
Jahlil Okafor (Number 1): retained his rank at number one in the 2014 class. He will be a star from the minute he begins his days at Duke.
Tyus Jones (Number 4): stays in the top five as the second part of the package deal who commit to Duke. He will give Quinn Cook a run for the starting point guard spot next year.
Justise Winslow (Number 15): comes in as the fifth ranked small forward. He will make a big impact on the wing for Duke as a freshman, especially if Parker and Hood leave.
Grayson Allen (Number 20): made the jump into the top 20 for Duke as the final piece to their top ranked recruiting class.
Myles Turner (Number 2): this extremely talented big has begun to make Official Visits towards a spring college decision. No one is sure how seriously Turner is considering Duke, who already got a commitment from center Jahlil Okafor.
Malik Newman (Number 2): although he lost his spot at number one in the rankings, this extremely talented scoring guard will make a huge impact at whatever school he chooses.
Diamond Stone (Number 5): Stone is Duke’s latest 2015 offer and is a huge player inside. He would give Duke a solid post presence if Okafor leaves for the NBA.
Luke Kennard (Number 24): I believe Kennard is ranked too low, but this extremely talented shooting guard plans on making Official Visits soon for a spring decision. Stay tuned.
Chase Jeter (Number 35): Chase Jeter is a talented power forward with heavy Duke interest. He already has an Official Visit scheduled at Duke for this spring.
Ivan Rabb (Number 1)
Skal Labissiere (Number 9)
Carlton Bragg (Number 11)
Charles Matthews (Number 12)
Thomas Bryant (Number 14)
Brandon Ingram (Number 15)
Montaque Gill-Caesar (Number 18)
Isaiah Briscoe (Number 19)
DJ Hogg (Number 25)
Eric Davis (Number 28)
Noah Dickerson (Number 33)
Henry Ellenson (Number 47)
Harry Giles (Number 3): Though he has been forced to sit with an injury, Giles has stayed at the top of the rankings due to his great play.
Thon Maker (Number 1)
Jayson Tatum (Number 4)
VJ King (Number 6)
Seventh Woods (Number 18)